Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Transforming Futures: The Success Story of Innovation Heights

Innovation Heights Academy is transforming student lives with a new program model that emphasizes credit recovery, wellness, and interest-driven learning. See how the school ensures its students are seen, valued, and supported to reach their full potential.

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These Are Your 2024 Gold Star Winners!

The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of its 2024 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of Highline educators, staff, volunteers and alumni. 

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Congratulations Class of 2024!

Seniors, it's your time to shine! We want to celebrate your journey and future plans. Take the time to share your story by filling out the Senior Success Stories form.

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2024-25 School Calendar

Here is a look at the tentative 2024-25 school calendar. This calendar is pending approval by our Highline Education Association (teachers union) members and the Highline Board of Directors.

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First Look at New Evergreen High

School Board members were given their first tour of the ongoing construction project at Evergreen High School, offering them a firsthand look at the progress being made.

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Career Exploration at Waskowitz

Do you know a high school student interested in strengthening their leadership skills and exploring career pathways in education, teaching, counseling or environmental science? Waskowitz is seeking Highline students to serve as high school leaders in May. 

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Seth's Story: Including Students of All Abilities

At McMicken Heights Elementary, Seth Bobbitt's joy and curiosity highlight the school's inclusive education approach, where students of all abilities learn together. Discover how this inclusive model supports every student's potential and fosters acceptance and respect in our community.

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Calling All Future Kindergarten Students 

If you have a child who will be 5 years old by August 31, it's time to think about kindergarten. The 2024-25 school year is just around the corner, and believe it or not, now is the time to enroll.  

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Living Our Promise

Imagine the possibilities for students when our entire community embraces the Highline Promise - knowing every student by name, strength, and need, ensuring they graduate prepared for their chosen future. Our strategic plan leads the way.

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Join Our Team Today! 

Highline Public Schools is currently hiring paraeducators to join our team. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career in education, we encourage you to apply.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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The Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center is looking for high school students to be a counselor for the elementary outdoor school program. There are 8 weeks to choose from this spring. 

Highline Headlines - April 12

This week's Highline Headlines include information about walking safety, fentanyl awareness, the next school board meeting and next week's meals. 

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PSESD has shared a series of student-created videos on fentanyl awareness. This powerful video series, and the list of resources below, can help educate our students about the dangers of fentanyl.
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The latest edition of the Workforce Turnover Report shares findings from employees who have left or retired from Highline. It aims to spark conversations and actions by examining turnover patterns, survey feedback, and experiences shared by former staff. Join a community conversation around the report details on April 23. 

Highline Headlines - March 29

Spring break is from April 1-5. Read more details about our 2024-25 tentative calendar, Waskowitz leader program for high school students and more. 

2024 Gold Star Award Winners

The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of its 2024 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of Highline educators, staff, volunteers and alumni. These eight individuals live the Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need, so that our students graduate prepared for the future they choose. 

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Here is a look at the tentative 2024-25 school calendar. This calendar is pending approval by our Highline Education Association (teachers union) members and the Highline Board of Directors.

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In Highline, we teach comprehensive sexual health education in alignment with state law and district policy.  FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) is our curriculum that meets state requirements for sexual health education, which is taught in grades 4-12. Families may opt out of any or all sexual health lessons. Read on for more details. 

Our Promise

Every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose.

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Our Goals

Culture of Belonging
culture of belonging

A culture where all are welcome, valued, and safe.

Innovative Learning
Innovative Learning

Academic experiences that engage, empower, and challenge every student.

Bilingual & Biliterate
Bilingual & Biliterate

Multicultural skills that enable students to live, work, and communicate across cultures.

Future Ready
Future Ready

Students explore possibilities and develop mindsets that prepare them for a changing future.


at a Glance

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Our students represent many diverse and culturally-rich backgrounds. Our diversity is an asset. Our students learn from one another and graduate prepared to live and work in an increasingly multicultural world.

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Our top 8 languages are:

  1. English
  2. Spanish
  3. Vietnamese
  4. Somali
  5. Amharic
  6. Punjabi
  7. Arabic
  8. Khmer

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The single most important driver of student achievement is an excellent teacher in the classroom. Highline is in the top 12 out of 295 Washington districts in the number of National Board Certified Teachers.

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Highline has 18 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 comprehensive high schools serving neighborhoods in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center. Families may also want to explore our 7 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 7 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2023 was 84.8%. That's an increase of 22 point rise since 2013.

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